BETHANY, Okla.- St. Gregory's University (16-11, 6-8 SAC) and Southwestern Christian University (14-9, 7-7 SAC) entered Tuesday evenings match in a tie for sixth place in the SAC standings, but the Eagles were able to emerge victorious and take sole possession of the spot after the win. The Eagles came out rocking, by winning the first set 25-12, and they hit for a team attack percentage of .467. SCU continued their strong play in the second set with a 25-16 win and a .324 attack percentage as a team. The Cavs battled back in the third set with a 25-18 win, and they held the Eagles to an attack percentage of 0.00 as the defense tightened up. However, SCU would bounce back and win the fourth and final set by a score of 25-18.
Although the Cavs struggled on offense as a team, Khyra Echols (FR/Plano, Texas) performed well, by putting away a career-high, 11 kills. Krystal Lopez (SR/El Paso, Texas) finished the match with 8 kills, and Gabby Ware (JR/San Antonio, Texas) followed closely behind with 7. Ware was also able to add 13 digs to her stat line. Courtney Murphy (SR/Tulsa, Okla.) continued to have success at the net blocking as she came away with four solo blocks and 5 kills. Sarah Ahrens (JR/Wichita Falls, Texas) finished the match with a team-high in assists with 21, while Sunny Clark (JR/Dublin, Texas) finished with 14 of her own. The Cavaliers defense was anchored by Kayley Davis (SO/Irving, Texas)' 17 digs.
Southwestern Christian was led by Aliya Higginbotham and Cashlyn Munroe's strong performances. Higginbotham finished with a match-high in kills with 19, two aces, and she also added 17 digs on defense. Munroe finished the match with 14 kills and 19 digs.
With two more matches remaining before the post season, the Cavs will work to stay in the top 8 in the SAC standings to make the playoffs. The Cavaliers next match is on Tues., Oct. 31 when they take on John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. at 7 PM.